The Dylan Dilemma by Patricia B. Tighe
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Publisher: Swoon Romance
High school senior Kenzie Harper-Shea has no time for dating, especially after the arrival of the basketball coach from hell. Now Kenzie has lost her confidence, is in a slump, and in danger of losing out on a scholarship to play college ball. The last thing she needs is her “vacation boyfriend,” Dylan McCoy, distracting her with warm smiles, inside jokes, and swoony kisses.
Dylan, however, is totally ready to date. He finally lives in the same town as Kenzie and is not about to lose the chance to let their relationship grow into something more. But for now, he’ll stay in the friend zone because he’s determined to find out what has her running scared. It can’t be just about basketball.
As Kenzie spends more time around Dylan, her feelings become a jumbled-up mess. It’s obvious they’re into each other. So, why does she panic whenever she thinks about dating him? Is it connected to basketball or to something deeper? She’s not sure. Does she have the courage to examine her heart, even if it means breaking Dylan’s?
This is the second book in the series. The first one is called About Last Summer and there is a third one in the works.
Since I haven’t read the first one I am not quite sure if this is a story line that continues over from the previous book. I know for me personally knowing that this was a second book in the series I kind of felt like I was missing something so I will definitely be ordering this book online to read just to catch myself up since there is a 3rd book coming out.
Our main character is Kenzie and although she looks like your girl next door she is but the only difference is that she lives and breathes basketball. She works and trains hard because her end goal is to get into college on a basketball scholarship. Kenzie is confident that she will go far but that is short lived when a new coach walks in and leaves Kenzie questioning herself and her confidence.
This is sort of where I had a problem with the coach. I liked the fact that he was strict and had a regime put in to place but the snide comments were just a little unnecessary and I think they don’t need to be said to young impressionable people who are playing the sport because they love it and want to succeed in it. Hearing those kinds of things make kids question why they do it when they are told one thing and it makes them feel like they aren’t good enough and in the end quit the sport. You can tell I am a parent of a child in a sport and had a child go through this exact same thing.
Anyways, enter Dylan, Kenzie’s basically vacation boyfriend. You know what I mean by that right? Anyways Dylan has decided that he wants to make things with Kenzie just a little more offical. He has decided that he wants to go to college in Kenzie’s home town so that he can be a little closer to her. He is ready to move from the friend zone to the boyfriend zone but Kenzie has other ideas and she doesn’t need Dylan to ruin her plans.
I loved Dylan and he knew that Kenzie was his dream girl and he would do anything even if it means just being friends with her to have her in his life. He makes it a point to always be there for her and he is determined to crack her tough exterior and find out what is making her scared. Is it all about basketball or is it something more?
After reading this I am determined to read the first book and continue the series. This was such a fun and cute read and the perfect thing I need to switch up my reading routine. I mean who doens’t love a cute fun teen romance book?